Buy and Read Periodicals on Your Kindle Fire HD - dummies

Buy and Read Periodicals on Your Kindle Fire HD

By Nancy C. Muir

Reading magazines and newspapers on your Kindle Fire HD is similar to reading books, with a few important differences. You navigate magazines a bit differently and can display them in two different views.

Follow these steps to buy and read a magazine or newspaper:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Newsstand.

  2. Tap Store.

  3. Tap a periodical and then tap Subscribe Now or Buy Issue to buy it.

  4. Return to Newsstand and tap a magazine or newspaper in the Newsstand to read it.

    Alternatively, you can tap an item on the Carousel from the Home screen.

    If the publication hasn’t been downloaded to the device, it begins to download now.

  5. Tap near the edge of the screen and thumbnails of all pages in the publication are displayed along the bottom of the screen just above the Options bar.


  6. Swipe right or left to scroll through these pages or drag the scroll bar indicator left or right.

  7. When you find the page you want, tap that page to display it full-screen.

    The Menu button on the Options bar displays contents of the current issue.

  8. Tap an item in the table of contents to go to that item.

As with books, in most publications, you can double-tap to enlarge text on the page; double-tap again to reduce the size of the text. You can also pinch and unpinch the touchscreen to move between larger and smaller views of a page’s contents.

Some periodicals can appear in two views:

  • Text view: In Text view, you see articles in more of an e-reader format (meaning that you get larger text with no columns and no images). If a publication supports Text view, double-tapping the screen will present the contents in that view.

    In Text view, there’s a Font button on the Options bar offering Font Style and Typeface tabs to adjust the size and font used for text. There’s also a Style choice for changing Size, Margins, and Color Mode (page background).

    Double-tap to return from Text view to Page view.

  • Page view: Page view shows an exact image of the publication’s pages, with all columns and photos intact. You can scroll through the magazine, view it in landscape or portrait orientation, and pinch and unpinch to zoom in and out of the pages.

    In Page view, you can tap the Font tool on the Options bar to turn the page curl effect off. This effect seems to roll the current page as you flick with your finger to flip to the next page.